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Louie is an American comedy-drama television series on the FX network that began airing in 2010. It is written, directed, edited, and produced by the show’s creator, stand-up comedian Louis C.K. (Horace and Pete, Parks and Recreation).He also stars in the show as a fictionalized version of himself, a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City. The show has a loose format atypical for television comedy series, consisting of largely unconnected storylines and segments (described by John Landgraf as “extended vignettes”) that revolve around Louie’s life, punctuated by live stand-up performances. The series is loosely based on C.K.’s life, showing him as a comic onstage, and depicting his life offstage as a newly divorced father of two girls. Each episode features either two stories (which may or may not connect thematically) or a longer full-episode story (often consisting of numerous connected shorter pieces). The stories of all episodes revolve around Louie.
The show has been met with critical acclaim and was included in various critics’ 2010 top-ten lists of TV shows.C.K. has received several Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his acting, writing, and directing, and he won for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Each season of Louie contains 13 episodes, and the first season was broadcast in 2010.